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Hello, I’m Ben Holliday. This is my blog where I’ve been writing for 15 years. You will find posts here about design, services, product and leadership. You can also follow my regular updates on Twitter.

Digital

New and changing patterns for digital working

“Digital working shouldn’t mean 8 hours of video calls a day …teams are massively overlooking instant (written) messaging, and the power of writing things down clearly, understanding tasks, responsibilities to get on with work independently.”

It’s an interesting insight into …

Digital as physical objects

In a world where so many of us carry screens in our pockets, does the world need more, and increasingly, larger screens in our public spaces?

Manchester Central Library

This is a picture taken in Manchester Central Library.

There’s …

Estate agents. An example of a broken digital business model?

This article caught my attention last summer: one in five high street estate agents risk going bust.

We’re already seeing this play out with startups like Purple Bricks and HouseSimple establishing themselves.

There’s a lack of digital innovation from …

Sticks in the ground for public services

Earlier this year I wrote about sticks in the ground. My belief that design has to be bold. It has to start with an idea.

It’s arrogant to think you can change the world. But it’s also necessary

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Is digital destroying a generation?

In my last blog post I wrote about attention-driven design versus connection-driven design.

While thinking about this over the past few months, this article was particularly uncomfortable reading: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

“The more time teens spend looking

Attention-driven design versus connection-driven design

Last week I wrote about the opportunity of designing for connection.

I‘d been inspired to think about this more recently after watching a TED talk by Tristan Harris: The manipulative tricks tech companies use to keep your attention.

Reading the news and digital business models

Some thoughts on digital publishing.

There’s not enough experimentation in the news industry, especially within traditional news formats.

In the UK the i Newspaper as a format is interesting, as is the freemium business model introduced by established regional papers …

Digital expectations of physical spaces

Do not disturb
Do not disturb (Image by lazylikewally)

The potential of digital is for your environment to be one step ahead of your experience.

In our virtual environments and interactions we expect a high level of control over how our …

Connected: things of the internet versus the Internet of Things (IoT)

When I first wrote about things of the internet it was a deliberate inversion of the Internet of Things.

For the uninitiated, the Internet of Things is the connection of everyday physical objects through the internet (and local networks), enabling …

Designing without an alternative

The importance of digital — part 4

No alternative

No (original image — Tom Magliery)

Design in a digital world is, at least in part, a story of dealing with no alternative.

In government, I see no alternative all the time. From a lack …

The end of digital?

The importance of digital — part 2

The End of Print (David Carson). Is this the end of digital?
The End of Print (David Carson). Is this the end of digital?

Back when I was a design student I discovered David Carson’s book The End of Print.

This book inspired a long term …

Dropping digital?

The importance of digital — part 1

Mic drop
Mic drop by Barack Obama, 2016

There’s a trend of people saying that it’s no longer helpful to talk about digital. The argument goes that most people don’t understand what we mean when we use …